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Mdina Old City
Mdina Old City(Mdina)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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Mdina Old City
Mdina Old City(Mdina)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which... more Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enacting including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which... more Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enacting including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Malta Falconry Centre
Malta Falconry Centre(Siggiewi)
Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is a Quality Assured attraction certified by the Malta Tourism Authority. Explore the Malta falconry centre and live this unique experience, watch our... more Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is a Quality Assured attraction certified by the Malta Tourism Authority. Explore the Malta falconry centre and live this unique experience, watch our falconers fly several different species of well trained birds of prey and see these magnificent birds in free flight. The facility holds its own free parking,open spaces around the centre all fully-accessible for everyone visit us. Complimeting the centre one find a souvenir shop situated at the main entrance, offering wonderful gifts to memorize the experience at the unique falconry in Malta Opening times The Centre is open all year round from Tuesdays till Sundays. Winter times : from 9.00 till 15.00 (1st October and 30th June) Summer times : from 9.00 till 12.30 (1st July to 30th September). The Centre is closed on Mondays and (24 and 25 June 2017) Display times We have two displays per day in Winter at 11:00 and 14:00 We have one display per day in Summer at 11:00 (Weather Permitting - windy days) bird handling is held instead Falconry Experience! At the Malta Falconry Centre, we offer a unique experience – the thrill of the Falconry art. This falconry experience is given in a course style. Carrying out such experience/ course one gets to know better the techniques of the falconry art and get a beginners knowledge as a falconer. This experience is offered in two ways; a half day experience or full day experience, are offered. The half day introduces the participant to the basics of falconry and gets to know how falconry birds are trained from 9.30 till 12.30 The full day experience enables the participant to get to know more as regarding the falconry techniques and would also have enough time to fly a bird of prey after learning how to train these birds. A participation certificate is given at completion of such course from 9.30 till 14.30. (Summer Time 8:30 till 13:30) All around the year This experience is offered to all ages. Children are to be accompanied by one adult (both adult and child/ren are to pay for the experience). Pre-booking by email is needed giving the name/s of the participant/s and the date on which the experience is to be carried out. No experience could be held without pre-booking. All participants are to be on time as to have the experience carried out on schedule. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Ali Baba
Ali Baba
Ranked #1 of 58 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Moo's Kebab
Moo's Kebab
Ranked #2 of 58 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Price: US$6 - US$21
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Fast food
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sorrisi Cafe & Pasta
Sorrisi Cafe & Pasta
Ranked #3 of 58 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Price: US$5 - US$12
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe, European, Mediterranean
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
4 amici
4 amici
Ranked #4 of 58 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Anciova
Anciova
Ranked #5 of 58 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Grand Hotel Gozo
4.0 of 5
Grand Hotel Gozo
US$74 - US$142
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mgarr
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Seabreeze Hotel
Seabreeze Hotel
US$33
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Birzebbuga
Seabreeze Hotel
Seabreeze Hotel
US$33
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Birzebbuga

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Strand Suites
3.0 of 5
Strand Suites
US$108 - US$169
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Euro Guesthouse
3.0 of 5
Euro Guesthouse
US$88 - US$125 (€72 - €102)
Ranked #2 of 3 Il Gzira B&B and Inns
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Hotel Valentina
3.0 of 5
Hotel Valentina
US$132 - US$228
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Saint Julian's
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
5.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
US$196 - US$433 (€160 - €354)
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
5.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
US$196 - US$433 (€160 - €354)
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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The Palace
5.0 of 5
The Palace
US$181 - US$325
Ranked #1 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.